Editor's note: This article has been updated with additional comments from Superintendent Courtney Carpenter.

On June 20, Argyle ISD officials broke ground on the district's new middle school along FM 407.

The middle school, which is expected to cost around $89 million, is scheduled to open in August 2026 and will serve grades 7-8 with a capacity of 1,200 students, according to district documents.

The new school was part of the 2022 bond package and will be the first middle school built for the district. The Argyle Middle School campus on US 377 was the district's previous high school.

“We are excited to break ground on the new middle school in Argyle,” Superintendent Courtney Carpenter said.

The details

In 10 years, AISD could serve nearly 11,000 students, per district data. The rapid growth created a need for additional instructional space.

Opening the new campus in the 2026-27 school year helps meet the district’s strategic direction to transition to two middle schools that year and two high schools in the 2027-28 school year, according to district documents. The high school will reach its 2,100-student capacity that year.

According to the plan, the FM 407 middle school will serve grades 7-8 in the 2026-27 school year, providing enrollment relief at the US 377 middle school that will enable the high school split. In the 2027-28 school year, the US 377 campus will absorb grades 9 and 10, and in the 2028-29 school year, grade 11 will be added, Superintendent Courtney Carpenter told Community Impact.

By the 2029-30 school year, district officials said they hope to have built an additional middle school, the one included in a failed proposition of the 2024 bond, which can house seventh and eighth graders, allowing the US 377 campus to function as a dedicated high school.

Looking ahead

This fall, the district plans to develop departmental transition teams to prepare for the transition to a second middle school and a second high school as well as finalize a timeline for the high school split.

“We are very grateful to our community for supporting this facility in the 2022 bond package and foreseeing the need for additional instructional space as we continue to grow," Carpenter said. "This vibrant new campus addition to AISD will offer an exceptional learning environment for our students for many years to come."